One of the biggest surprises of this years FIFA World Cup was that Italy dis not progress from their group. The four time winners weren't as fluid with their passing and finishing as we all expected them to be and after two losses against Uruguay and Costa Rica, it was time for Gli Azzuri to fly home.
Speaking of Italian fluids, the next beer on my #beersoftheworldcup challenge was the wonderful Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto.
The Peroni brewery was founded in 1846 in no the Lombardy region of Italy before relocating to Rome in 1864. Now owned by SABMiller, the second largest brewing group in the world, Peroni produce a number of beers including Peroni Red and the widely recognised Nastro Azzurro.
The Gran Riserva was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brewery foundation and is a 100% Italian malt beer, brewed using the best two row spring barley varieties. Peroni Gran Riserva is regarded as one of the highest quality beers in the Peroni stable.
The Gran Riserva pour with a rich amber colour and a thin head that gradually disappears. As you would expect from the doubled up malt content, the beer has strong malt aromas, almost caramel like and as a result definitely has a sweeter smell on the nose. Heavy malt flavours are countered by citrusy back notes plus a little amount of hops which give the Gran Riserva a crisp rounded finish. At 6.6% ABV, the Doppio Malto packs a punch making the Gran Riserva a great accompaniment to food, so no surprise to see this bottle proudly displayed in the fridge of a large number of Italian restaurants across the country.
This has been one of my favourite beers from the challenge so far and definitely one that I look forward to tasting again soon. So if you're looking for a beer that likes to stand out from the crowd, grab yourself a bottle or two of Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto when you get the opportunity.
Keep up to date with my progress on Twitter as I try to complete my challenge and you can also let me know which South Korean beers you would pick , using the hashtag #beersoftheworldcup
Written by Gerry Haughian